Saturday, February 8, 2014

Meet the family: Chris

Hi everyone, my name is Chris Stater. I am 37 years old.  I live in Nipomo, CA, which is on the central coast.  I am currently a radiology student at Santa Barbara City College and will be graduating in May 2014.  My wife Katie and I have 2 wonderful kids, Kevin, 17, and Kourtnee, 14.

What got me started into running was when my brother and his wife decided to run the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon and invited us to go watch and cheer them on.  Having never seen a race like this I wasn't sure what to expect.  It sounded like a lot of work (training, getting up early for races, etc), but my wife talked me into to doing the Disneyland Half Marathon the next year.  I really liked the way other runners and crowd really cheered you on.

I would have to say my favorite Disney character now is Woody from Toy Story. As a kid I would have to say my favorite character was Goofy.  I like Woody for some of his lines that most kids would not understand but adults would definitely catch and love.

I love running Disney because of the atmosphere that surrounds the entire weekend.  The Expo kind of kicks it all off with craziness.  Then there is the  music pumping as you arrive the morning of the race and begin getting in to your corral. The cheering, and the support from spectators and performers that line the streets of Disneyland and Anaheim during the entire race is something that is unlike any other race I have competed in.   

My advice for training is work on your distance.  The faster times will come.  If you've done a race or two then you understand what I mean.  The 16 minute per mile pace seems like it can hard to keep ahead of and that you might get swept up, but don't worry its not that bad.  Find a good jog/walk ratio whether it be 2 min jog / 1 min walk or even 1:1.  If you put in the work, you will be rewarded with both goodies (medals and such) and the feeling of accomplishments.

Races Completed:
2011, 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon
2012  Giants Race 5K
2013  Giants Race 10K 
2013  Color Me Rad 5K

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